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$100m waterways buffer plan

dairy cow Fed Farmers question $100m plan to buy farmland near waterways to improve water quality.

Russian ban hits dairy prices

A screenshot from GlobalDairyTrade's website showing the downward spiral of dairy prices. Russia's ban on food imports from Europe is contributing to the fall in dairy prices, economists say.

Rowdy crowd heckles candidates

Russell MacPherson Southern candidates face name-calling, heckling and even chicken clucking at Federated Farmers meeting.

Cute and cuddly killers?

Lambs Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Milk flows boost earnings

Dairy cows. Farm-owning group says its operating earnings have nearly doubled, helped by record milk production on some of its dairy farms.

Opinion poll

What do you think of National's $100m plan to buy farmland near waterways?

It's great. They've got my vote

A good common sense policy.

Just National looking after the farmers

A cop out for those dirty dairying farmers

Vote Result

Related story: $100m plan aims to buy farmland near waterways

Common sense required

Stock on roads are extremely unpredictable and can cause accidents that are sometimes fatal. Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Louise Giltrap takes a look at a couple of pieces of legislation governing employees' housing and suggests an improvement.

Cuts destroy team

Are we missing out?

$100m waterways buffer plan

dairy cow Fed Farmers question $100m plan to buy farmland near waterways to improve water quality.

Fonterra's big leap of faith

The $700m investment in China's Beingmate relies on some heroic assumptions, writes Chalkie.

Added-value dairy exports needed

Farming app up for award

Russian ban hits dairy prices

Russia's ban on food imports from Europe is contributing to the fall in dairy prices, economists say.

Success secrets shared

roast beef Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

White face a premium advantage

Hereford-friesian calves are fetching premium prices in parts of NZ as the annual round of calf sales gets into full swing.

NZ meat sales hit Chinese TV

Meat price may disappoint

Red devons catching on

Red devons may not be well-known in New Zealand but they have a well-deserved big reputation overseas.

Sediment linked to sheep

sediment fingerprinting Science has uncovered sheep, not dairy cows, as culprits for some sediment problems in Southland estuaries.

Shrek still a world-bleater

Those Aussies are forever trying to pull the wool over our eyes. But this time, the dags have fallen short.

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

Farmer's perfume trick

Livestock attacks 'cowardly'

Sheep rustlers using dogs and traps continue to target the flock in Auckland's Cornwall Park.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A head for potatoes

Onion secrets shared

Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Milk flows boost earnings

Dairy cows. Farm-owning group says its operating earnings have nearly doubled, helped by record milk production on some of its dairy farms.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

White overalls spark dispute

Hazard behaviours studied

Rowdy crowd heckles candidates

Southern candidates face name-calling, heckling and even chicken clucking at Federated Farmers meeting.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.